Washington Avenue Livable Centers Public Meeting #2

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USGBC Hosts a Tour of One of Our Most Elegant Projects

Three great reasons to take the latest LEED Certified Building Tour:

1. Get up close and personal with our BIOSWALES and GREEN ROOF installations.                                                                                                                                 2. Meet the incredibly friendly and GREEN Federal Reserve Bank staff.             3. Learn about the amazing STEVE STELZER’s latest project at the City’s Green Building Resource Center!


Federal Reserve Bank LEED Certified Building Tour

As one in a series of free tours of green buildings in Houston, you are invited to see the LEED for Existing Buildings Gold Federal Reserve Bank, Houston Branch, on Friday, April 20, 2012, in an “open house style” guided tour approximately every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Tour will take place at 1801 Allen Parkway, Houston, Texas 77019. Please visit www.houstontx.gov/mayor/leedtour.pdf for more details and a map.

Note! Due to bank security an RSVP is required no later than 24 hours before the event — 11 am, Thursday, April 19, 2012, or you will not be admitted on Friday. RSVP to Steve Stelzer at 832-394-9050 or e-mail at steve.stelzer@houstontx.gov. Green buildings save owners and users money with greater energy efficiency and more reuse of material. Ultimately, they foster a happier and healthier workplace for employees. We very much welcome your participation in this event and your interest and support for green building efforts across Houston.

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Watch Where You Walk…

What is that? Is it a giant vinyl album, a bottomless pit or maybe a Blackhawk landing-pad? No, it’s Glenn Weiss’s newest urban art piece inspired by Richard Serra.  Take a look at Glenn’s progress, during a hot and steamy day last week: https://picasaweb.google.com/AestheticGrounds/WorksAfterSerra?feat=email

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Introducing our Summer Interns!

We’ve been busy, busy, busy this spring with some exciting planning projects, including the Washington Avenue Livable Centers Plan, the East End Mobility Study, the Fort Bend County Subregional Plan and more! We’re very excited to be growing our planning team this summer with the addition of two amazing new planning interns! Here they are:

Kareeshma Ali is a designer, community planner, and an advocate for sustainable urban spaces that inspire healthy lifestyles, foster diversity, encourage social justice, and empower communities. Kareeshma is dedicated to using design and planning as a catalyst for positive transformations, with a firm belief that a healthy and culturally rich “place” can greatly affect one’s physical, mental, and social welfare.  She’s driven by her passion for community development through design and planning, cultural preservation, environmental stewardship, and the enhancement of equitable opportunities for marginalized groups within society.  She has extensive experience working in the private sector and with non-profit organizations such as Archeworks, Friends of the Parks, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology.  She holds a Post-Professional Certificate in Social and Environmental Urban Design from  Archeworks, Master of Architecture, Master of Urban & Regional Planning, and Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.  When she isn’t busy with her design and planning explorations, she indulges in finding her center through dance, art, and yoga.

Tara Mather has been working and studying in Southeast Michigan for the past three years, where her research and planning collaborations explore the affects of urbanization patterns on storm water management and strategies for the reuse of vacant land. Her other interests involve how the urban environment impacts the human experience; the way people move through and interact with their surroundings can
improve their quality of life and social capacity. She has worked with Hamilton Anderson Associates on the Detroit Works Project and in the Hazard Mitigation Office for the City of New Orleans. Tara holds a BA in Urban Studies from UT-Austin and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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The first Washington Avenue Livable Centers Study Public Meeting, held last night at MECA in Houston’s Old Sixth Ward, should have been called a community meeting rather that a public meeting. The auditorium was chock full of like-minded ideas; people who live, work and play in the study area know what they want Washington Ave/First Ward/Old Sixth Ward to look and feel like in the future, and most of those people agree.

For more images from the meeting click here. Ideas, wishes and suggestions will be formulated into the report and released soon. Stay tuned…

Thanks to our team members for the great job they did last night:

ARUP / Traffic Engineers, Inc. – Circulation and Connectivity

RCLCO – Economic Development

Morris Architects – Housing Choice and Buildings

SWA Group – Sustainability and Open Space

Asakura Robinson Company – Placemaking, Branding and Wayfinding

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Our Interactive Interactive-Architecture Presentation…

We were thrilled at how well our studio space accommodated a dozen or so art fans this past Saturday as interactive multimedia expert, Robert Miles Kemp, presented the first comprehensive view of the history, present-day and future of interactive space.

“We have known something about it but it is stunning to see what digital reality is. Creating connections and engaging our minds, digital media is more than just a cool technology but it expands the realm of design and everything we do.” Keiji Asakura

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Standing Room Only at Initial WAve Work Group Sessions

Follow this link for images from the first work group sessions.

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Interactive Architecture Presentation

Please join us. RSVP to info at asakurarobinson dot com

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Washington Avenue Livable Centers Study Open House

Ken Smith? Steve Mouzon? Simon? Harry Potter? Click HERE to find out who else attended the first Washington Avenue Livable Centers Study Open House at ARC’s office.

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